In a recent interview, I was asked if I am considering any other roles. I replied yes, even though I’m not. What is the rationale behind this question? And by answering no, does it make me less attractive?
There could be a number of reasons for the question. It’s always useful to find out the type of roles in which you are interested, as it can give your consultant a better insight into helping you; in fact, your consultant may have other roles that you could also consider. It's also a gauge of how active you are in the market – if the consultant thinks you have a great background, then so will the rest of the market. It’s also useful to know so that when the consultant represents you to a company, they will be able to inform the hiring manager that you are in demand and active!
There is nothing wrong with saying you aren't looking at other roles. In fact, it’s much better to be truthful with your answers. You may only be at the beginning of your job search. The best candidates are the ones who are selective and approach their job search in a considered manner. This could even be in your favour! It's also important that you are not represented to the same role by more than one recruitment supplier. It's a fact that no one wins in this type of situation, and the person that loses out is often the job seeker, the one person that should be the winner.
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